|Start Date||Duration||Time Slot||Fee|
|Saturday April 11th||4 Weeks||11am – 1pm||€100|
A practical four-week workshop for writers – both beginners and those with some experience – who want to learn more about feature journalism.
Week 1: What makes a good story? Writing features for magazines, newspapers and websites. Identifying trends and fresh angles from news stories and what’s happening around you. Crafting the all-important hook, or ‘elevator pitch’ so that your feature has a clear focus. How to approach sources and the dos and don’ts of interview technique.
Week 2: Everyone’s a critic. The art of writing arts features and reviews. The questions to ask and how to construct a feature interview. How to write a balanced, professional review, as opposed to slating or gushing.
Week 3: Opinions, we’ve all got a few. Opinion and analysis. From personal memoir to analysis of what’s happening in the news, how to use your own experiences and expertise in a unique way.
Week 4: How to place your work within various media outlets and use a social media platform to your advantage, whether it’s Twitter or a blog.
Facilitator: Claire Coughlan